Yeah...I know, but the store is so busy, I can't get out until after the first. Even then we're starting some private intros, that week so I dunno when I can get this done. One primary motivation is deciding on a possible new proprietary ski design to be done for us, by Praxis. We are doing much of Keith's finish work now so this is great opportunity for us to develop something like a "PraxHaus Promodel" or somesuch deal. We are carrying some existing Praxis models now, but it might be kewl to have something special for our established customers.
IAC; opinions on this deal are like earlobes, ever'body is gonna have at least one mebbe two. For sure, the ski(s) one chooses will have a bearing. When I did this last year, I ran 10-12 skis in rapid fire in a great mix of good and notsogood conditions at Mammoth. I reached some conclusions of course but I wasn't always able to follow an apple with an apple. This time around, my current plan is to take an established ski like the current LP for instance and test it against other roughly similar types. One possibility would be to test the LP against the K2 Hardside and the Solly Shogun. Both of those are tip only skis and are firm enough to be at least in the flex ballpark with the LP. I've mentioned to a few folks that an LP/184 clone with tip only might be a worthwhile taget. But.......the LP is being replaced next year by something with some rockah, (tip only I think) so naturally, it doesn't make a whole bunch of sense to compete with that ski since (I suspect) Dynastar can build an LP better than anybody else.
However, K2 for example is going to try to change the playing field by marketing the concept that rocker is the new paradigm for ski choice (as in....you're gonna get rocker whether you want it or not...........but how much??) They could probably market ice cubes to Eskimos so there will be notice taken. How much notice remains to be seen.
But what if................K2's new 85mm (ish) ski with "groomer rocker" gets some market impact? I know it's coming but don't know how good the ski will be. It may be a game changer but if it's built more or less like the current stuff, then it may or may not be as good as it could be. If we were to look at that and say...."well, OK, fine......but it could be better". We could get with Kieth and come up with a ski in a few weeks that might hit a different target than what the K2 offers.
And so it goes........